Why does my baby wake up crying? That s a question we hear a lot and it s the questions we re answering in today s quick tip article! Why Your Baby Wakes Up Crying Well, for starters, your baby may obviously wake up crying sometimes due too the need to eat (hunger is a powerful motivator! ). Additionally, your baby may wake up with a, or may wake up because he s too hot or cold. These are all perfectly reasonable reasons for a baby to wake up and they re all reasons that mom and dad need to address, either by feeding or changing baby. A bit less straightforward is the fact that many babies wake up due to their. Some sleep associations are pretty straightforward causes of crying upon waking for example, if your, she may very well be pretty frustrated that she can t put it back in, and that may lead to tears! But some other sleep associations are less easy to spot as the cause of crying upon waking. If you normally rock or nurse your baby to sleep, she may cry when she wakes up because she s no longer moving and/or sucking. Similarly, if you typically hold your baby for sleep, he may cry if he wakes up in his crib and is no longer behind held. Beyond these reasons, though, here s something to remember: we all wake up briefly between sleep cycles from time to time. Our babies are no different. Sometimes, your baby may wake slightly and cry between sleep cycles. This is often the cause of those weird 2 minute crying spells that you sometimes might hear in the middle of the night, or during a nap. Do you know what I mean? Those times when you hear a cry, but by the time you re up and moving toward baby, he s already fallen back to sleep?
The cause there is just brief waking during sleep cycles that happens to be accompanied by some fussing. That goes hand-in-hand with the next point: for some children, waking up crying is a sign that they aren t really done sleeping yet, and need more rest. We suspect this has something to do with
while some babies might wake too early from sleep and be fairly quiet and content, others will just wail. This was the case for Nicole: With my first-born, if he woke up crying, it 90% of the time meant that he was not done sleeping. He may have awakened in between sleep cycles and had trouble going into the next one. In these cases, it s sometimes best to wait a minute or two when you hear crying that you suspect is just waking between sleep cycles sometimes, your baby will go right back to sleep. Or, even if you ultimately to go in to comfort your baby, you ll know that the goal should be to help baby get back to sleep, because she isn t fully rested yet. Finally, keep in mind that some babies (and toddlers, for that matter) cry after waking even if they re fully rested. Some babies will wake up from a marathon nap crying, or will wake after a long night of peaceful sleep just wailing. In these cases, the problem is most likely that the child just needs a bit of time to fully wake up. (Heck, I know adults like this I m one of them, in fact!! П I don t wake up crying, but boy, do I need plenty of time and space to fully wake up! ) In these cases, you can try simply cuddling your child, or offering a small snack or a favorite toy, and allowing your child to slowly wake up.
So, in short, if your baby often wakes up crying, you ll want to evaluate the reasons. If it s not something that requires immediate attention, like hunger of an uncomfortable diaper or illness, then evaluate whether or not it may be a sleep association. To do that, you ll want to think about how your child falls asleep (in your arms, in the rocker? ), and then compare that to how your child is waking up (in the crib, alone? ). Finally, keep in mind that temperament makes a difference, too it may just be that crying is one way that your child lets you know he s not done sleeping, or it may be that your kiddo is one who needs to wake up slowly, and is going to fuss a bit while he does it! П Does your baby wake-up crying? What do you think the reason is? Have questions about crying upon waking? Scroll down to ask questions, to share insights, and to hear from other parents just like you! If you your baby starts to wake up crying in the middle of the night, it might alarm you. What parent wouldn t be concerned about their baby crying for apparently no reason at all? Fortunately, if you re wondering why your baby can t make it through the night without waking up and crying, the reason is most likely nothing to be concerned about, especially if it doesn t happen every night. If you want to keep a closer eye on your baby during the night, investing in a is something I d personally recommend. This way, you ll be sure to hear if your baby wakes up crying in the middle of the night. There are a few common reasons why your baby might be waking up crying at night. Here are things to look for: 1. Sleep Terrors The most common reason for babies to wake up crying in the middle of the night is coming called sleep terrors.
These can affect anyone, but babies seem to be more prone to them. While the name sleep terrors might sound horrifying to you, it s basically like sleepwalking, but more alarming. The most common reason for sleep terrors is being sleep deprived, so the first solution is to be proactive and make sure you can get your baby to sleep soundly. You can read our previous articles on to help get them on a better sleep schedule so that they re more rested. Dealing with sleep terrors: In the case that your baby wakes up in the middle of a sleep terror episode, it s important that you deal with it the right way. Be sure to check on them, but be quiet and don t try to speak to him. Don t even try to sooth him; he s going to be disoriented and confused, and touching or talking to him is going to only make matters worse. The only thing you can really do is to stay by your baby and let the sleep terror episode run its course. Keep an eye on him to make sure he doesn t somehow injure himself, and with any luck, he ll fall back asleep again. If not, feel free to comfort him before getting him back to bed. 2. Illness If your baby has been sleeping through the night fine without waking up crying in the middle of the night, it s possible that he s sick. In this case, he might be suffering from throat/ear or other pains, or fever that s making him very cranky and uncomfortable. Treating the illness is the best way to deal with this issue, obviously. Taking him to your pediatrician is the best course of action here.
What to Do (and Not Do Assuming your baby isn t experiencing a sleep terror episode, you can try to calm and sooth him so that he can fall back asleep. Don t excite him; keep your voice down and speak in calming and soothing tones. Let him know that everything is fine, but try not to talk too much; remember, the goal is to get him sleepy. Also, don t turn the lights up too high. With any luck, you should be able to get your baby s sleep pattern back to normal within a few weeks. Be sure to try to stick to a strict sleep schedule, which is the best way to make sure they get enough sleep every night. Our little bundles of joy can be noisy sleepers. You might hear a whimper or something that sounds like crying at night, but it s nothing to be worried about and your baby is probably sound asleep. Don t go running into their nursery every time you hear something like this; just let them sleep through it, because it s perfectly normal. What if the Problems Persist? If you can t get your baby to calm down and sleep through the night without waking up crying, you have to remember to be persistent. Stick to a strict schedule and don t give up if you see no results. Sometimes it can take a while to see any positive changes in your baby s sleep habits. Just remember: don t give up! If you ve tried everything you can to get your baby to sleep through the night without waking up crying, it might be a good idea to take them to a pediatrician. From there, they can tell you what you can do, give your baby a checkup to make sure nothing is medically wrong, and if necessary, direct you to an infant sleep expert.